TUfast started off as a student initiative in November of 2002. The 5 TUfast founders felt that practical experience was missing in their mostly theoretical studies – where can you learn about working under the pressure of time and money with full responsibility, or even about working in a close team setting and communicating with other team members? Thus, TUfast was brought to life.
Even today, the students of the Technical University of Munich work on their own race car, taking control of every step - like in the real working world.
The goal is always the same: to build a new, superior TUfast race car every single year.
The Formula SAE was founded in 1979 by professors in the United States. Eventually, the competition came to Europe in 1999. The project was supposed to let students challenge themselves, test their abilities, and learn how to work on a huge project in a team.
The racing series was a full success and it remains so today, with hundreds of teams scattered over the globe and new ones joining every year. The ever rising number of participants also continually challenges the organizers. The concept of letting students design their own racing car and gather real experience is also attractive for future potential employers, and so, many former Formula Student members work today in leading positions of companies. Some have even made their dream come true and are a part of the world of motorsports, working in teams ranging from Formula One, NASCAR, WRC, etc.
The basic idea of FSAE is to design a race car according to the official FSAE regulations. Every car can only attend each of the competitions once – the following year a new car according to new rules, has to be built.
Although most of the students come to the team because of their passion for motorsports, it soon became clear that achieving the best lap time on a course is not what the project is about.
Taking part in Formula Student is a complicated undertaking. Even the best of cars fails without proper financing or when the fabrication process takes too long and the car can’t take part in the competitions. Yet, that’s what makes the project perfect for young engineers, computer scientists, and business economists. The different disciplines converge and have to work together in order to achieve their maximum potential in a single year.
Additionally, significant effort has to be put into the management of the immense expenses of logistics and communication; using the most modern of software tools to sort out the masses of data. Needless to say, the big question of how to design parts in a cheap and lightweight way using new fabrication processes takes up a significant amount of our time.
TUfast offers every student the chance to profit from the project, to gain new experiences and knowledge. We as a team see ourselves as an interface between the industry and university, organizing various excursions to companies or inviting them to the university to assist and support in technical or organizational problems.
Another important detail to mention is the integration of students studying abroad into the team. Nothing makes coming to a new country easier than being able to chat for hours about the great experiences at the competitions or to discuss technical solutions.
Last but not least, we bring technology and science closer to future university students.